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Reading 1

1 Chronicles chapter 20

(1Ch 20:1) And it came to pass, at the time of the return of the year, at the time when kings go out [to battle], that Joab led forth the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote Rabbah, and overthrew it.

(1Ch 20:2) And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David`s head: and he brought forth the spoil of the city, exceeding much.

(1Ch 20:3) And he brought forth the people that were therein, and cut [them] with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. And thus did David unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

(1Ch 20:4) And it came to pass after this, that there arose war at Gezer with the Philistines: then Sibbecai the Hushathite slew Sippai, of the sons of the giant; and they were subdued.

(1Ch 20:5) And there was again war with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver`s beam.

(1Ch 20:6) And there was again war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six [on each hand], and six [on each foot]; and he also was born unto the giant.

(1Ch 20:7) And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David`s brother slew him.

(1Ch 20:8) These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

Reading 2

1 Chronicles chapter 21

(1Ch 21:1) And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.

(1Ch 21:2) And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them.

(1Ch 21:3) And Joab said, Jehovah make his people a hundred times as many as they are: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord`s servants? why doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of guilt unto Israel?

(1Ch 21:4) Nevertheless the king`s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.

(1Ch 21:5) And Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and a hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.

(1Ch 21:6) But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them; for the king`s word was abominable to Joab.

(1Ch 21:7) And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.

(1Ch 21:8) And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing: but now, put away, I beseech thee, the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

(1Ch 21:9) And Jehovah spake unto Gad, David`s seer, saying,

(1Ch 21:10) Go and speak unto David, saying, Thus saith Jehovah, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

(1Ch 21:11) So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Take which thou wilt:

(1Ch 21:12) either three years of famine; or three months to be consumed before thy foes, while the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of Jehovah, even pestilence in the land, and the angel of Jehovah destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore consider what answer I shall return to him that sent me.

(1Ch 21:13) And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall, I pray, into the hand of Jehovah; for very great are his mercies: and let me not fall into the hand of man.

(1Ch 21:14) So Jehovah sent a pestilence upon Israel; and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

(1Ch 21:15) And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was about to destroy, Jehovah beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the destroying angel, It is enough; now stay thy hand. And the angel of Jehovah was standing by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

(1Ch 21:16) And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of Jehovah standing between earth and heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.

(1Ch 21:17) And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done very wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? let thy hand, I pray thee, O Jehovah my God, be against me, and against my father`s house; but not against thy people, that they should be plagued.

(1Ch 21:18) Then the angel of Jehovah commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and rear an altar unto Jehovah in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

(1Ch 21:19) And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of Jehovah.

(1Ch 21:20) And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons that were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat.

(1Ch 21:21) And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground.

(1Ch 21:22) Then David said to Ornan, Give me the place of this threshing-floor, that I may build thereon an altar unto Jehovah: for the full price shalt thou give it me, that the plague may be stayed from the people.

(1Ch 21:23) And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give [thee] the oxen for burnt-offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meal-offering; I give it all.

(1Ch 21:24) And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for Jehovah, nor offer a burnt-offering without cost.

(1Ch 21:25) So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.

(1Ch 21:26) And David built there an altar unto Jehovah, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and called upon Jehovah; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering.

(1Ch 21:27) And Jehovah commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof.

(1Ch 21:28) At that time, when David saw that Jehovah had answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.

(1Ch 21:29) For the tabernacle of Jehovah, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt-offering, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon.

(1Ch 21:30) But David could not go before it to inquire of God; for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of Jehovah.

Reading 3

1 Chronicles chapter 22

(1Ch 22:1) Then David said, This is the house of Jehovah God, and this is the altar of burnt-offering for Israel.

(1Ch 22:2) And David commanded to gather together the sojourners that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

(1Ch 22:3) And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the couplings; and brass in abundance without weight;

(1Ch 22:4) and cedar-trees without number: for the Sidonians and they of Tyre brought cedar-trees in abundance to David.

(1Ch 22:5) And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for Jehovah must be exceeding magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.

(1Ch 22:6) Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build a house for Jehovah, the God of Israel.

(1Ch 22:7) And David said to Solomon his son, As for me, it was in my heart to build a house unto the name of Jehovah my God.

(1Ch 22:8) But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

(1Ch 22:9) Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days:

(1Ch 22:10) he shall build a house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.

(1Ch 22:11) Now, my son, Jehovah be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of Jehovah thy God, as he hath spoken concerning thee.

(1Ch 22:12) Only Jehovah give thee discretion and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel; that so thou mayest keep the law of Jehovah thy God.

(1Ch 22:13) Then shalt thou prosper, if thou observe to do the statutes and the ordinances which Jehovah charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; fear not, neither be dismayed.

(1Ch 22:14) Now, behold, in my affliction I have prepared for the house of Jehovah a hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver, and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.

(1Ch 22:15) Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all men that are skilful in every manner of work:

(1Ch 22:16) of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise and be doing, and Jehovah be with thee.

(1Ch 22:17) David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, [saying],

(1Ch 22:18) Is not Jehovah your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before Jehovah, and before his people.

(1Ch 22:19) Now set your heart and your soul to seek after Jehovah your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of Jehovah God, to bring the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of Jehovah.

Reading 4

1 Chronicles chapter 23

(1Ch 23:1) Now David was old and full of days; and he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

(1Ch 23:2) And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.

(1Ch 23:3) And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

(1Ch 23:4) Of these, twenty and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Jehovah; and six thousand were officers and judges;

(1Ch 23:5) and four thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Jehovah with the instruments which I made, [said David], to praise therewith.

(1Ch 23:6) And David divided them into courses according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

(1Ch 23:7) Of the Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei.

(1Ch 23:8) The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three.

(1Ch 23:9) The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers` [houses] of Ladan.

(1Ch 23:10) And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.

(1Ch 23:11) And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they became a fathers` house in one reckoning.

(1Ch 23:12) The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.

(1Ch 23:13) The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses; and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons, for ever, to burn incense before Jehovah, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, for ever.

(1Ch 23:14) But as for Moses the man of God, his sons were named among the tribe of Levi.

(1Ch 23:15) The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer.

(1Ch 23:16) The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief.

(1Ch 23:17) And the sons of Eliezer were: Rehabiah the chief; and Eliezer had no other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.

(1Ch 23:18) The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief.

(1Ch 23:19) The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

(1Ch 23:20) The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief, and Isshiah the second.

(1Ch 23:21) The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish.

(1Ch 23:22) And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters only: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them [to wife].

(1Ch 23:23) The sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

(1Ch 23:24) These were the sons of Levi after their fathers` houses, even the heads of the fathers` [houses] of those of them that were counted, in the number of names by their polls, who did the work for the service of the house of Jehovah, from twenty years old and upward.

(1Ch 23:25) For David said, Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath given rest unto his people; and he dwelleth in Jerusalem for ever:

(1Ch 23:26) and also the Levites shall no more have need to carry the tabernacle and all the vessels of it for the service thereof.

(1Ch 23:27) For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered, from twenty years old and upward.

(1Ch 23:28) For their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Jehovah, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God;

(1Ch 23:29) for the showbread also, and for the fine flour for a meal-offering, whether of unleavened wafers, or of that which is baked in the pan, or of that which is soaked, and for all manner of measure and size;

(1Ch 23:30) and to stand every morning to thank and praise Jehovah, and likewise at even;

(1Ch 23:31) and to offer all burnt-offerings unto Jehovah, on the sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts, in number according to the ordinance concerning them, continually before Jehovah;

(1Ch 23:32) and that they should keep the charge of the tent of meeting, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, for the service of the house of Jehovah.